Technical applications

As renewable raw material shellac is adopted in several applications. Shellac can be used as a pure shellac solution for furniture polish, and also as a binder for paint. SSB Sanding Sealer can be used as a base coating for all kinds of wood before the painting. After the drying shellac is thermic deform, which is important for hatter. Shellac is food grade approved and can be used also as a coater in the packaging industry. Shellac can be used in aqueous solutions and solutions in alcohol.

Characteristics of SSB Shellac

  • Coating characteristics
  • Good surface adhesion
  • Moisture protection
  • Alcohol- and water soluble
  • Good for glazed and glossy surface
  • Thermo plastic
  • Low heat conductivity and low coefficient of expansion
  • Good creep resistance
  • Consistent against solvent based on hydrocarbon (benzin)
  • Acid-proof
  • Compatible with other natural and synthetic resins
  • Curable

Regulatory status of SSB Quality

  • Shellac is recognized as safe in the FDA “Inactive Ingredients Guide”
  • Shellac is an approved food additive (E904) according to annex II of the EC directive 1333
  • FDA 21 CFR 175.105 Shellac as a food additive for the use as adhesive for food packaging
  • FDA 21 CFR 175.300 Shellac as a component for coating in contact with foods
  • FDA 21 CFR 175.170 Shellac as a component for packaging in contact with aqueous and fatty foods

Regulatory status of SSB Quality

  • SSB Flake Shellac
  • SSB 63 Special Shellac (watersoluble)
  • SSB Shellac wax
  • SSB Sanding Sealer
  • and others on request


  • Print inks (Binders, in particular for flexographic inks, e.g. for packaging coming into direct contact with food)
  • Wood treatment (Primers, high gloss and mat polishes, e.g. for frames, antique furniture, wooden toys)
  • Leather (Finish, leather care)
  • Textile (Stiffening of hats)
  • Electrics (Insulator, lamp socket cement)
  • Abrasives (Binder for grinding wheels)
  • and others

Our service

In close cooperation with our customers, our research & development department creates ready-to-use products made of shellac and other natural raw materials that meet the most demanding standards. And certainly we offer professional consulting services for all application-related issues.